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the story as we now know it right now he was found alive but died either en route to the hospital or at the hospital itself. word also tonight that the two young girls he is accused of kidnapping are alive and safe at this hour. joining me on the phone, cnn's martin savage and sunny hostin and on the phone, adam mayes' sister-in-law, bobbi booth. martin, what do you know? >> well, this drama played out right in the same area where it took place. what we know is that they were members of a mississippi highway patrol special operations s.w.a.t. team as well as members of the mississippi game and fish. for reasons unclear, there was sections of a wooded area in the county where they were closing
in on today and as they began to move in they say that they heard a single gunshot and when they came upon the scene they found that adam mayes was laying on the ground with the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. but they found the two girls, ages 8 and 12, alive and well. that's the most important information and we have this quote from a federal source on the scene. he says of the girls, quote, they are suffering from the experience of being out in the woods and from being kidnapped. they are suffering from dehydration and exhaustion. but they appear to be okay and they are right now undergoing medical treatment for their conditions. so you can imagine what they have been through. >> do we know, are they aware of what happened to their mother and to their sister? >> well, we don't know as a result of them being rescued whether they're aware. we do know according to
statements that were made by theresa mayes, the wife of adam mayes, the man who is suspected of carrying out the attack, she witnessed adam mayes murdering joanne baines and adrienne bains when this kidnapping ordeal began. it would appear they were very aware. and according to theresa mayes after their mother and older sister were murdered, they were all -- the two bodies and two young girls placed into a vehicle and driven from tennessee down into mississippi. so you can only imagine how horrific that would have been. >> now, theresa who's in custody has been charged with first-degree murder. did she drive the vehicle or did -- is it known what role she played in this or allegedly played? >> according to the statements, these are coming from the affidavits that authorities filed. originally she was charged with aggravated kidnapping and then
first-degree murder as well. it was in the court documents filed at that time that her statements of witnessing the murder and driving the vehicle that carried the girls' bodies down into mississippi, she admitted to doing that. she has subsequently told other people that she was in fear of her life and would never, ever have participated in such a horrible event. >> joining us now on the phone is bobbi booth, the sister of theresa mayes, who had been the wife of adam mayes. it's now confirmed that adam mayes is dead and that the two girls are safe. although dehydrated and shaken by this experience. what are your thoughts on hearing that? >> just i'm glad they're alive. i would like to have seen adam face his charges and stand more accountable. he took the sissy way out, but praise god the girls are safe. that's all that matters. >> do you have any sense of -- i
mean, what spurred all this? why he would have done this? >> i have no idea at all. >> and have you talked to your sister since she's been in custody, since she's been charged? >> no, they have not allowed her to have any phone calls. >> what are your thoughts on what your sister's been charged with? >> it's unreal. unreal, because my sister does not have the mental state. i mean, she has the mind like a 10-year-old. i'm not defending her. she needs to stand accountable for her actions. but they need to do -- the whole investigation needs to be done. >> what kind of guy -- i mean, your sister is reported to have said that she feared for her life. what kind of guy was adam mayes? >> aggressive. abusive. crazy, obviously.
>> did you ever suspect he was capable of something like this? >> no. and i have known him for 25-plus years. never dreamed he would do this. >> what was his relationship to these girls? >> again, that's not something that i can even answer. my sister has stated that she felt the two youngest girls may have been his. and she felt adam was having an affair with jo ann. because they all seemed to be family friends. all of them, you know, seemed to get along. whenever she would call our close friends, family friend, she would say the kids are over at the house. so she'd have all the kids over her with her and adam or over with gary and jo ann.
>> your sister theresa told you she believed that adam mayes was having an affair with jo ann bain who is now accused of killing and was the father to the two girls who he kidnapped, the 8 and 12-year-old girls who are in safe custody. did your sister believe he was the father of adrienne bain who is also accused of killing? >> no. so she just believed he was the father of the two young girls he kidnapped? >> that's my understanding, yes. >> sunny hostin, legal analyst is joining us as well. from a legal standpoint, what's the next step? >> i think the next step is interrogating theresa who is in prison right now or is at least being held. i mean, just because she may not have been the person that pulled the trigger doesn't mean that she won't be held accountable for their murders. so i think that's where this investigation certainly is
going. >> when did theresa tell you -- she told you she actually witnessed the killings? >> no. she has not told me any of that. >> but she told you she suspected that they had been killed? >> yes. she told -- see, she has not even told me that. the only thing she told me was about the affair that she felt adam was cheating on her with jo ann. and then when the crime scene -- when they were sent to the motel and the house was listed as the crime scene, she did tell me that they had found bodies and the location of the bodies. >> bobbi, do you know who the girls will be returned to now since their mother is dead? >> i have no idea. >> martin savage, is there any reporting on that? >> no. it would be anticipated that
they would go back to their father which is gary bain and obvious he's waiting in whiteville, tennessee, 80 miles away from where this drama played out today in mississippi. he has been somewhat in seclusion and he's been in great distress. we have been informed by authorities. and it's understandable why. but there has to be at least some sense of a bittersweet moment here that at least his two youngest daughters will eventually be returned to him. but before that, they have to be checked out thoroughly. >> well, just a violent end, thankfully, the two girls are safe. martin savage, bobbi booth, i'm sorry for all you and your family going through. and sunny hostin. up next, keeping them honest. lettuce shower. made by bees. toucan sam. that's not cheese. grass fed. curry. gingersnaps. soup can tower.
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18 years. what did that mean to mitt romney then, full equality and what does he believe now? we'll get into the specifics of what he wrote 18 years ago, but first, news of the timing yesterday from president obama. two senior administration officials say vice president biden met with president obama yesterday morning and apologized to the president for putting him in a tough position. you'll remember last weekend biden spoke out on "meet the press" and it's a matter of who you love. after biden apologized, the president says he knows that biden was speaking from the heart. biden's spokes woman has said that the president has been a leader on this issue from day one and the vice president never intended to distract from that once president obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage, it was all anyone was talking about.
here's what romney said yesterday after the president's interview when romney was asked about his own position. >> i have the same view on marriage that i had when i was governor and that i have expressed many times. i believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. >> well, he also says he does not support civil unions if they have the same rights if a marriage. keeping them honest though, back when romney was running for senate against ted kennedy in massachusetts, romney positioned himself as the gay rights candidate. romney met with the log cabin club in massachusetts and in a letter dated october 6, 1994, wrote, quote, i am more convinced than ever before that as we speak to establish -- as we seek to establish full equality for america's gay and lesbian citizens, i will provide more effective leadership than my opponent. full equality, his words. romney writes also, if we're to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for days an lesbians a mainstream concern. my opponent cannot do this. i can and will. now, one might ask how that can be reconciled with romney's long
standing position that same-sex marriage should not be legal? what does it mean? well, in a fox news debate in december, moderator chris wallace brought up the log cabin letter and asked the following question. take a look. >> so you are still more of a champion of gay rights than ted kennedy was? >> i do not believe in discriminating in their sexual orientation. i believe as a republican i had a chance to fight for antidiscrimination. at the same time, chris, in 1994 and throughout my career, i have said i oppose same-sex marriage. marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. >> it's true that romney has opposed same-sex marriage throughout his career, but at the same time he was pledging support for the gay community. in a 1994 interview with bay
windows romney said, i think the gay community needs more support from the republican party. i would be a voice in the republican party to foster antidiscrimination efforts. romney was asked about that quote in january's nbc debate and what he's done to stand up for gay rights. here's what he said. >> from the very beginning in 1994, i said to the gay community, i do not favor same-sex marriage. i oppose same-sex marriage and that has been my view. but if people are looking for someone who will discriminate against gays or will in any way try and suggest that people -- that they have different sexual orientation don't have full rights in this country they won't find that in me. >> full rights, fight for antidiscrimination, all mitt romney's words back then. we'll leave it for you to decide if it makes sense to promote the equality and oppose marriage equality. and here's what he said on fox news just today. >> and if two people of the same
gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship and even want to adopt a child in my state, individuals of the same sex can adopt children. but to call that marriage is in my view a departure for the real meaning of that word. >> keeping them honest though back in 2005, romney seemed to oppose same-sex couples raising kids. he was at an event in south carolina and he said today's same-sex couples are marrying under the law in massachusetts. some are having children born to them. we have been asked to change the birth certificates and name them parent a and parent b. joining me right now is kevin can madden, and political strategist, paul begala. full rights, full equality. promised not to discriminate against the gay community. how does that square with
romney's position today? what did full equality mean to romney back then? >> well, i don't know the full context of what the debate was taking place in 1994, but i expect in answering that question and in talking about the issue he was talking about discrimination. and that he didn't believe that then as he does now that we should -- that we should discriminate against people base only their sexual identity or sexual orientation. he still holds true the that belief. i think on the issue of marriage i think it comes down to the definition, how the government defines it and what the contract between two people is and that -- his belief is that a marriage should be defined very simply as that -- as a union between one man and one woman. >> but in south carolina when he was talking to conservative groups back in 2005, he made it sound as if he didn't like the idea of gay people having kids. >> well, i don't know what -- i don't know what the exact specifics of that debate were. i know there's been a lot of d different discussions in
different states and different jurisdictions about what the laws would be as they relate to adoption or gay adoption. that may have been phrased down in south carolina. i know the law differs there from other states. >> paul, do you see an evolution in governor romney's position from the time he was running in massachusetts to now? >> well, a devolution. you know, from committing -- again and again in writing to the log cabin club for full equality and now even now saying well, i don't support discrimination. yes, he does. governor romney wants to kick people out of the military because they're gay. he wants to reinstate don't ask/don't tell, which was a discriminatory policy. it kicked people out because of their sexual orientation. he supports amending the u.s. constitution. he wants to change our most precious founding document to write discrim nation into it. >> i thought romney said he doesn't want to touch don't ask/don't tell at this point.
>> maybe kevin can tell us in the last seven minutes what his latest position is. i can check that. i've been wrong before. >> well, paul, under your definition them in 1996, president obama was then for discrimination and under your definition, president clinton who signed the defense of marriage act was for discrimination. >> that's right. i love president clinton and president obama, they were for discrimination. they have evolved. this is what's odd. when mitt romney said he was for equality only about 25% of americans held that view. so that was a pretty bold thing. that he was saying back then, that governor romney was saying, then mr. romney. today, over 50%. so the american people have been on the same journey that frankly former president clinton has been on and that president obama has been on. the majority of americans now have been on the same journey as president obama and i think that's why this change of position from president obama will not likely hurt him. but i think the position for
governor romney likely will because he's going the wrong way, frankly, toward more and more discrimination. >> well, there are a lot of americans out there, paul, who believe that we should be discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation and it should be defined as a union between one man and one woman. from time and time again when that question has been put to voters 32 states, 32 times, people have made their voice heard and -- what they believe should be the definition. >> kevin, doesn't he open himself up to another issue of flip-flopping, when he's running against ted kennedy he's talking about full equality for gays and lesbians and you don't hear him using that anymore more today. today he's talking about opposing same-sex marriage and even civil unions. >> well, look, anderson, i think there's going to be charges of flip-flopping all over this campaign. that's what happens. i think it's up to the voters to decide. i don't believe the voters will
be talking about what happened 19 or 15 years ago. i think in this campaign we have an agreement that there's a very clear contrast on the two candidates and how they define what a marriage should be. form governor romney believes it should be between a man and a woman. and voters will have a clear choice. >> i just looked this up, romney would preserve open gay service in the military. this was on december 9, 2011. >> okay. i'll stand corrected then. i thought i heard him say that he wanted to reinstate it. i guess i was wrong. i'm happy to be corrected about that. that is a form of discrimination. i'm glad he doesn't want to go back to it. >> kevin, thank you for joining us and paul begala. there are some who are saying that president obama's position could hurt his base with african-american voters. but that's not necessarily the case, that the tide he said is
turning. i spoke to him right before the broadcast, and i spoke about what he believes mitt romney's definition of equality is. pack in 1994, mitt romney talked about seeking what he said was full equality for gays and lesbians. to you, what does full equality mean? >> full equality means enjoying all of the rights that everybody else in the country enjoys. if everybody else in the country enjoys rights one, two, three and four you have to enjoy the rights too. >> because as recently as yesterday, romney said he didn't favor certainly not same-sex marriage, he didn't favor civil unions if they're identical to marriage in everything but name. does that sound like equality to you? >> no and it isn't like it. >> you have been very outspoken, an outspoken advocate for marriage equality. what was your personal reaction to the president's public endorsement yesterday? >> well, i was thrilled and excited.
this was a position i had always thought that he had. i always felt he felt this way. i'm so happy he finally said it. i wish it had been sooner. >> were you surprised he said this before the election? >> well, not because of the series of events that preceded it. the statement from vice president biden, the secretary of education. and just the rising tide in the country of people who changed old ideas and adopted new ideas and said the time for change has come. so i think it was almost inevitable that he would say this sooner or later and i'm happy it was sooner rather than later. >> there's a lot of question of support among african-americans for same-sex marriage. some african-americans have expressed strong disapproval of the president's position and some wonder if that will affect their support for him in november >> i don't think so. i think the tide is shifting, people are thinking differently. younger people are saying these are old fashioned ideas, we don't feel that way.
my mom, my dad may. but i don't feel that way. i think president obama is going with the tide. he's sensed the feeling of people are -- people are different now. and he's willing to take a risk that this will affect his election, but i don't think it will affect it one whit except for those who will say my enthusiasm for him has grown since he made the statement. >> a lot of people look at the african-american community and say there's not a lot of support for same-sex marriage there. do you think the tide is turning even for african-americans? do you think that's overstated the opposition to same-sex marriage among african-americans? >> i know the tide is changing. i can see from poll results where the support for same-sex marriage used to be minimal. it's drew -- it grew and grew. i'm not sure what it is now, but i think at least a majority if not more of african-americans say this is the right thing to do.
>> you though have really been out in front in comparing the fight for equality for gay and lesbian americans to the fight for equality for african americans, to the civil rights movement. you say that really this is the new front of the civil rights movement. why? >> well, i think it is. i mean, any time a group of people are denied rights and struggle for their rights that's a civil rights movement. and when women were struggling for their rights as they have been for many, many years and will continue to do so, nobody said that they were trying to ape the black people's movement. this is only raised when gays and lesbians are at the issue and i think it's a front for homophobia and hostile feelings towards this section of the population which exists among all people. black, white, whatever they are. gay people everywhere in this country and we ought to embrace them and help them to achieve equal status with the lest of us. this is a country that likes to be proud of its stance on civil
rights and this is another step forward we'll take pretty soon. >> do you think what the president did yesterday, do you think it makes a big difference, do you think it changes something? >> i think it makes an enormous different. it's an endorsement. when the president says he's for something it doesn't mean it will happen, but it sends a powerful signal when the most powerful figure has spoken out in favor of freedom and rightness and correctness for everybody. while he can't make everybody believe that, he certainly can make everybody think this is a right thing to do and i think he did that yesterday. >> julian bond, i appreciate you being on. thank you. >> my pleasure. thank you. well, let us know what you think. follow me on twitter right now. up next, a new development into the charity that claims to raise money for disabled veterans. we got a strange e-mail quoting the lyrics to a george michael song as a response to the
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another keeping them honest report tonight. yet another strange twist in the investigation of that charity that claims to raise money for disabled veterans. we have been reporting on the disabled veterans national foundation. its tax filings show it has raised $56 million in donations for veterans in the past three years. but not one dime of that money has gone to help disabled veterans that we could tell. over the past couple of nights i have asked the president to make
yourself available to me or drew griffin who is doing the report to tell us what the charity is doing for the millions that you have collected. drew griffin sent an e-mail to see if she would come on the program. and last night he got a strange response. the e-mail said she disagreed with the reporting and the only thing she had to say and she wrote this out were the lyrics of the hit song "careless whisper" we got all the lyrics in the e-mail. then today came the latest twist. we got a statement from a spokesman for the group who claims that someone hacked into her e-mail and facebook account. the statement says that the bizarre communications were sent from the account when it was outside her control. by the way that is the wrong
spelling of her first name in their own statement. their error, not ours. the spokesman went on to say, we want to know everyone about our services and financial support we provide our veterans. and the positive impact we have made in the lives of individuals and families. and this "careless whisper" thing might be funny if the allegations here were not so serious but they are. and nowhere in that statement is answers about the failure of providing direct monetary help to the veterans groups. they still won't answer those questions. recently drew caught up with ms. wilkewitz to get the answers and here's what happened. >> you are the one from cnn? >> that's right. >> meet the president of the disabled veterans national foundation. we found her at a small vfw office. >> this is a veterans of foreign wars and which didn't think you'd do something like this.
>> nobody has agreed -- so here's the question. raised over three years -- >> thank you so much. >> none of the money has gone to any veterans. >> so if the $56 million they have raised isn't going to veterans groups what does the dvnf provide veterans groups? well, listen to this. >> they sent us 2,600 bags of cough drops and 2,200 little bottles of sanitizer. and the great thing they sent us is coconut m&ms. >> that's j.d. simpson of the st. benedict's veterans center in birmingham, alabama. talking to us earlier this week on 360. i spoke to him tonight along with drew griffin. drew, these allegations that the e-mail account was hacked what do we know about this? >> the only information we have comes from dvnf which sent us the e-mail statement this afternoon. we do know that that would be popely a federal crime. we asked if there was a police report filed on this. earlier today there wasn't.
and there was -- and i was notified late this afternoon that the fbi may be calling precilla wilkewitz to look into this. i also did reiterate our, you know, suggestion that they come on the air, answer some questions and tell us where the money went but we haven't heard back. >> mr. simpson, you told drew what the national veterans charity is doing is stealing. those were your words. stealing when it gets right down to it. why do you think it's stealing? >> mr. cooper, we help veterans down here every day in the trenches. we're working with the homeless veterans on the streets. we struggle every month to pay our bills. wore a nonprofit -- we're a nonprofit organization, none of us are on a salary, we're all volunteers. and what they're claiming they did would fund my organization for 300 years. they're taking money from patriotic americans to help veterans and what they're doing with it is what you're trying to figure out. we don't know. it's not getting to the streets to help veterans. we have guys on the streets that i can't find housing for.
i'm running out of food. i'm running out of money to pay the bills and organizations out are there just stealing. this money is given in good faith to help veterans. there's groups like me all over the country. i'm one small guy in alabama trying to do my part. there's hundreds of me out there. we're three hot -- we want to give them three hot meals and somewhere to sleep. there's very limited resources out there, we all know that. but this company has taken $56 million and done what with it we don't know. we need help and they're disabled veterans and there's great projects they could be. >> i want to quote them right, and they say that in alabama, where your center is, what they send to the centers in alabama, quote, we send by the truck load items that these centers say they need, desperately, to provide the daily outreach. have you ever requested thousands of bags of coconut m&ms or hundreds of pairs of
navy dress shoes from this organization? because that's what they have sent you. >> no, sir. they call me the -- the three truck loads they called me and said, hey, we have some donations coming from the dvnf. we know you guys can use them. send us a thank you letter and we'll send them to you. we bring them into the central warehouse here with the christian mission here in birmingham. and we get what we can use out of it which is very little and the rest we try to give to other organizations in the community that might be able to use them. the 11,500 some bags of m&ms, i think i sent the last four bags to cnn. we all got tired of them. nothing against mars. but that's not what our homeless veterans need. our homeless veterans need work boots and work gloves. we need clean shirts. we need money to help get these
guys bus passes. m&ms isn't the answer. you know, when i was 7, that was the answer to my world problems. that's not the answer today. >> they say they responded to your request. have you ever specifically asked for them for a specific item for help? >> yes, sir, i asked them for $38,000 in november of last year to help us replace some storm windows in our centers. and they sent me a decline letter in february of this year. that's the only thing i ever asked them for. and they told me no. >> drew, where do things go from here? we're still trying to figure out where the $56 million they have raised over the last three years what they have spent it on or where it is. >> actually we do know where it went. it went to their chief fund-raising company, this private company named quadriga arts. what we're having trouble dealing with or finding answers to is why quadriga is basically charging this charity more than
a dollar to raise a dollar. that's basically where we're at. and quadriga, you know, they raise funds -- they admittedly raise funds for more than 500 charities. so we would like to find out is this the same pattern at all and these charities that quadriga is involved with? so we are trying to follow the money that way, but so far we have gotten shut doors from quadriga arts as well. >> well, thank you so much. back page.com is not backing down. tonight, the classified ads when sites is ignoring calls to shut down the adult section arguing that it's a tool for people to sell kids for sex. keeping them honest, next. [ male announcer ] if you think tylenol is the pain reliever orthopedic doctors recommend most for arthritis pain,
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another keeping them honest report about backpage.com, the leading web page for adult services ad. we reported on the growing push to shut down the adults services section where law officials say underaged girls were sold for sex. robert turner introduced a house resolution calling for a village voice media holdingss to shut it down immediately. the 51 attorneys generals and 600 religious leaders, more than 50 ngos and a petition with more than 230,000 signatures are calling on them to shut down the classified ad, adult services section. but tonight backpage.com not backing down one inch. to understand the outrage, take
a look at what deborah feyerick found in a recent report she did for 360. >> when we get a case involving the trafficking of prostitution, usually the story is going to start on backpage.com. >> the daughter i know is a kid that likes to color. >> reporter: for dawn that's where the story took her 15-year-old girl, who ran away with a man who seduced herrion line. that man had posted pictures of her on backpage.com and selling her into prostitution. detailed in a criminal complaint. >> he officially took her and beat her into submission to raping her and then held her into prostitution. it totally, totally crushed me. to know that somebody actually did this to her. >> reporter: the accused pimp in
the case has pleaded not guilty pending trial. it is more than 50 cases in 22 states of people charged with advertising underaged girls for sex on backpage.com. >> well, the new york city council recently held hearings on a resolution to stop the ads. one of the people testified described how she ended up with a pimp after running away from home. she told her story from behind the screen to protect her privacy. >> the main way that he felt that he made the most money was through backpage. at this time, i'm 12 years old and backpage sent me at least 35 dates a night. >> she says 35 dates a night at the age of 12. now, liz mcdougal the lawyer for backpage.com also testified at the hearing. she says shutting down backpage will make it only harder to catch the sex traffickers. the ads that people run on backpage brought in $27 million last year. after craigslist shut down its section, many ads migrated to
backpage and that's something of a windfall for the parent company. liz mcdougal joins me now. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> you say this is not a site for prostitution, but any reading of these ads, i mean, can you really say with a straight face it's not a prostitution site? >> what i say is that is this a site where any illegal activity is unwelcome. child sexual exploitation and illegal prostitution. >> but it's full of ads for illegal activity. >> well, we actually have more than 85% of our content has nothing to do with the adult category. >> but that's where you make your money. >> no, we charge for a multitude of categories. this is one category where there is income. we are a business. we do make money. but keep in mind that we have 80% of our staff dedicated to policing and to cooperating with law enforcement to prevent cases of exploitation from ever making it live on the internet.
so that we can facilitate rescues and so that we can cooperate with law enforcement to ensure convictions when there are those opportunities. >> but there are ads that are just clearly for sexual -- for prostitution. i looked at the ads for a brief amount of time and you can find ones, you know, saying very slim, filipino hottie. i'm all about good times and freaky pleasures. another one says come to my garden and enjoy my rose bush. do you think she's a gardner? >> i don't think she's a gardner, but one of the challenges in this area is that there isn't a black and white line between legal sex work and illegal sex work. >> prostitution is illegal though. >> prostitution is illegal, but there's legal sex work of a variety of kinds and particularly in this economy there are people who are engaging in legal sex work as the only means to pay their bills and to survive. >> so you believe -- >> actually, we are doing our best to find the lines between what is illegal activity and
what is not. to do that better and we want to do that better, we need more collaboration with law enforcement and with ngos and with projects like cnn's freedom program that is trying to focus on preventing exploitation. >> but to say that you want to be the sheriffs of the internet which is what you've said in interviews before, it's disingenuous. in the states attorney want to shut you down. >> the states attorney aren't the actual sheriff. if you talk to the vice officers on the ground and i have provided them to your producer to talk to, they say the opposites. they say that back page is one of the most valuable tools that they have. >> i have talked to law enforcement -- >> to rescuing victims and to getting the evidence for convictions. furthermore -- >> you do respond to law enforcement and they appreciate that as does the center for missing and exploited children. and i talked to law enforcement who say they wish you'd shut down. there are plenty of police out there who believe you're
providing a huge street corner for prostitutes to work on. >> well, i would disagree because the law enforcement that we talk to repeatedly, we have hundreds of thousands of e-mails of accolades for our assistance. the point is not to assist them in the stings, but we are activity pursuing rescues. since january of this year i can give you at least four examples of rescues. we rescued a child in seattle, washington, because before the ad got online it was identified as an exploited minor. >> but there are other ads, there was an ad that a woman writes about make me beg, spit on me, degrade me that cnn found just recently. >> as i explained to deborah if that language got through it should not have. that was a mistake, and mistakes happen with human moderation. >> but in order to stop illegal prostitution, you say you need to give pimps websites. does that make sense?
>> we're not giving the pimps websites. >> you're giving them the advertising. >> that is a factor of the internet. and the internet is not -- >> but there are plenty of places to list their ads now that craigslist has gone away. >> we could drive this traffic to other ones like my red book that are off shore and that have no interest in cooperating and that two, we can't get when they're off shore. >> because there are other bad actors out there doesn't what you're doing is right. >> we enable rescues and convictions, the other sides won't and don't. >> you say you don't allow underaged people. you have to check out whether the person just says oh yes, i'm over 18. >> we do far more than check off whether they're over 18. we have automated filters for terms and we have a two tier of manual review -- >> they can lie in the ad about
it. >> they can lie on the ad. we have people examining the images to determine if someone is underaged and look for other indy sha. >> the u.s. conference of mayors asked you to have physical verification. that are some websites that somebody has to go to an office and show an i.d. you could have that in every city that you operate in. why don't you do that? >> i was so glad to get that letter from the mayors this week because finally some elected officials are taking an intelligent approach to this problem. >> so would you consent to do that?
>> right, if you have any knowledge of how the internet works is a practical impossibility in the internet realm. what we are exploring is ways to make it a possibility. >> right. you have -- >> we are going to set that standard not just for us but for the entire online service provider community. >> do you know when you'll be able to decide whether or not you can do that? a physical verification? >> it's a matter of exploring and programming and collaboration with other service -- online service providers, other technology providers, with law enforcement. >> i appreciate your perspective. i appreciate you coming in to talk about it. >> thank you for listening. >> thanks. we'll be right back. find me a store that sells organic mushrooms for my risotto. [siri] this organic market looks pretty close to you. how many ounces in a cup? [siri] this might answer your question. oh, i knew that. and remind me in an hour to put the gazpacho on ice.
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